#16for16: Adam Tomkins

April 5th, 2016


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Welcome to a new feature for ScotlandVotes ahead of May’s election. We’re calling it #16for16. 16 candidates that will be making an impact during the campaign and may be making a bigger impact in the Holyrood chamber after the election.

Our fourth profile in this series is the Scottish Conservative candidate Professor Adam Tomkins.

What’s your name? Adam Tomkins

Where are you standing? Glasgow Anniesland

Which party are you standing for? Scottish Conservatives

How old are you? 46

What is your current job/role? Professor of Law at Glasgow University

What have been your previous jobs/roles? I’ve been an academic lawyer since 1991, first in London, then Oxford and since 2003 in Glasgow.

Why are you standing? Three main reasons: because of the independence referendum, because I want to join Team Ruth, and because I want to help Ruth and her team lead the opposition to the SNP.

Earliest political memory? Falklands War, 1982 (I was 12 years old).

First election you can remember? General election, 1983.

Where do you see Scotland in five years? Firmly in the United Kingdom, wondering what all that fuss about independence was, at the end of the SNP’s era of government.

Favourite campaigning anecdote? Playing Willie Rennie, and then Ukip’s David Coburn, in Ruth Davidson’s debate prep for the televised leaders’ debates. But what happens in debate prep stays in debate prep…..

Tell us something not many people know about you I was a young ornithologist (and can still identify every British bird species).

Biggest vice/guilty pleasure? Complete inability to resist a cheeseboard, no matter how much I’ve already eaten. Especially if there’s any wine left…

What do you perceive to be the next big issue in Scottish politics? Tax. The Scottish Parliament spends a lot of public money but now, for the first time, it will be responsible for raising most of the money it spends. In other words, significant tax powers are coming to Holyrood. In terms of public sector reform, it’s schools policy that is probably most urgent in the 2016-21 session of parliament.

Favourite place in the world? Outside in the sun (winter or summer) with my four kids playing about aimlessly. A Northumbrian beach. A Scottish island. Doesn’t matter where … as long as it’s away from wifi!

How do you relax away from politics? By playing the guitar very badly.


Other #16for16 profiles:

Monica Lennon

Alex Cole-Hamilton

Gillian Martin

Maggie Chapman

Ben Macpherson

Ross Thomson




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